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Firefighters treat walk-in stabbing victim

January 02, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police are looking for a suspect after a 64-year-old man walked into the fire station here Monday morning suffering from a stab wound to the stomach.

Joe Godinez, 64, walked into the Calexico Fire Department just before noon New Year's Day with a minor stab wound to his stomach, officials said. Information on his home town was not available this morning.

Calexico police Cmdr. Brad Ramos said Godinez's wound was not life-threatening.

An emergency crew at the fire station transported Godinez to El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Godinez later told police he was walking east in the 400 block of Fourth Street when he was confronted by a Hispanic male wearing a sweatshirt and wielding a lettuce knife.

The suspect demanded money from Godinez, who said he had none, Ramos said.

The suspect stabbed Godinez in the stomach with the knife and fled.

Godinez walked to the fire station, where he encountered fire crews. He wasn't able to give any further information about his attacker, but police are following up on the matter, Ramos said. The fire station is one street from where the assault occurred, officials said.


Police went to the scene but found no blood. Ramos said he didn't know this morning how much Godinez had bled.

Ramos said the wound was a "slight puncture," and not major.

The case is still under investigation, Ramos said.

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